Secondary – Studies

Bishop Tyrrell is a Deep Learning School. Our goal at Bishop Tyrrell is to foster Deep Learning so that students can learn to contribute to the common good, address global challenges and flourish in turbulent and complex times.



Through projects that utilise different learning partnerships, pedagogical practices, learning environments, and digital technology, students develop six global competencies (creativity, communication, citizenship, critical thinking, character, and collaboration).

Essentially, Deep Learning is a learning experience that helps students to be good at academics and good at life, so they can be the positive problem solvers and global citizens of the future.

In a world that is forever changing, it is more important than ever to give our children chances to feel powerful and in charge of aspects of their life. One way we can do this is through service learning projects. Service Learning Projects are unique as they have a secondary goal to do good in the world.

Another important aspect of projects is that they require children to use what they know about reading, writing, mathematics and other content areas (e.g. history, physical activity, music and science) towards an end they have chosen. Often, we focus on reading and writing as the end goal, but in projects, these subjects serve a greater vision, much like they do in our day to day lives as adults.

Many of the adults in our lives have taken on projects in recent time. We know people who are learning everything they can about economics, learning to knit or craft, making cookbooks or writing and playing music. Think for a moment if you have taken on a project, if so, what is the mathematics hidden in it? What about the reading and writing work?

In Semester 2, the College will be instigating plans for all students in K-11 to develop their own Global Citizenship Service Learning Project. This information shares with you the support your child will be getting in determining a service project. 

The goal for this project is that it be completed by students collaboratively and independently! Their teachers and their families may serve as consultants on the project (suggesting resources, giving feedback etc) but the students are the project leaders. 

Here are the steps students will progress through: 

  1. Investigating a project
  2. Choosing a project
  3. Planning a project
  4. Acting and Reflecting on a project
  5. Presenting a project

All student projects will be featured in a Virtual Open House starting on Friday September 25th.

Hopefully, we will be able to showcase exceptional projects at a Celebration Evening in Term 4.

We look forward to coming together as a College community to celebrate our students’ character, compassion, creativity, and global citizenship!

Tania Lloyd
Deputy Principal